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closer to florida. i'm katie couric. also tonight, the b.p. backlash. >> they are destroying the gulf of mexico. >> couric: israel defends the deadly raid on that aid ship. >> this wasn't a love boat. this was a hate boat. >> couric: and america's weapon of choice in the war on terror. drones now under attack from human rights advocates. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. it's been one setback after another. b.p.'s latest attempt to control the oil gushing from the bottom of the gulf had to be suspended again today. this time when a saw got stuck in the pipe it was cutting. it was finally freed, but it was another unwanted delay on day 44 of the crisis. meanwhile, the lumbering slick is on the move after washing up
in louisiana, mississippi, and alabama, the oil is now within seven miles of peps cola beach, florida. 37% of federal waters in the gulf are now off limits to fishing. mark strassmann is in grand isle, louisiana, tonight, and mark, more oil is headed your way as well. >> reporter: that's right, katie. this island is about to get smacked by another wave of oil. i want you to take a look now. local officials say they have never seen anything like it. this is what's lurking off the coast of grand isle: raw crude, miles of it. a slick more than twice as long as the seven mile island. exactly ten miles offshore, this boat is floating right in the middle of grand isle's latest and so far biggest threat in this disaster. all this oil, this is so heavy i can barely left it. it's part of a 16-mile slick that currents out here in the gulf are now pushing to land. that's the oil slick right
there? >> right. >> reporter: aubrey chiasson, the fire chief, has to coordinate the pons. do you have enough resources to go after it? >> no, sir, i don't think we do. i don't think we do. >> reporter: so some of it will come asnore. >> i believe that. >> reporter: b.p. engineers hoping to cut the gushing well head were head up by a somethat that. their diamond-sided saw got caught in a tangle of broken pipeline and more oil spit out of the new cut. but the engineers got past it. >> it's not a matter of whether it can be executed or not. it can be. it's a question of how much precision we can bring to it. as early as tomorrow, b.p. hopes to cap the well with a containment valve and siphon oil to a surface ship. not plug the leak, contain it. and for b.p., pressure is mounting. within the next 24 to 48 hours, florida's bracing for its first major landfall of oil near pensacola. >> our state resources have determined that the oil sheen with it are thousands of tar balls. skimmers have been deployed near
pensacola. >> reporter: on barrier islands off mississippi and alabama, an oil cleanup is under way. the good news: since president obama's visit to grand isle last friday, local officials report better coordination with with b.p. and federal agencies. >> kind of like a wife and husband fighting. you don't get a divorce, you fix your problems. that's what we've agreed to do. >> reporter: since the president's visit, the local fire cheer says there are three times as many response workers on this island. he says while local response leaders and national response leaders may have disagreements, at least now once a decision is made everybody is marching in the same direction. katie? >> couric: mark, this is the 44th day of the spill and you've been coffering it for well over a month. clearly today was the worst you've seen. >> reporter: no question, katie. seeing a lot of oil on land and in president t water. nothing like this, though. this was a solid sheet of oil the consistency of cake mix. it was a couple hundred yards wide, like a couple football fields. there wasn't a response boat in
sight. but the overwhelming impression was the smell. i have a fairly strong stomach, felt queasy for 45 minutes after we left the water. i think, katie, some of the response workers are going to have a very hard time out there. >> couric: sickening and heartbreaking. mark strassmann, mark, thank you so much. according to the latest estimate, as much as 46 million gallons of crude has leaked into the gulf. and b.p. is getting plenty of suggestions on how to stop it. kelly cobiella is also in grand isle and, kelly, those ideas are pouring into a special hotline. >> reporter: nonstop phone calls, katie. b.p. says it's received more than 30,000 phone calls from people who all believe they have a way to fix this disaster. from hollywood actors... >> we're going to start to get the oil. >> reporter: to inventors in overalls on youtube. >> each one of them can pull a lot of oil out. >> reporter: there are ideas by the thousands for stopping the gulf oil leak or soaking up the spill. james cameron is offering expertise on deep dive water craft he used while filming the
"titanic." youtube has millions of hits, including this dad and daughter team from florida. and there's this demonstration in an aquarium in missouri. >> i can simply reach up underneath it and pick the whole glob up like that. >> reporter: and there are dozens of plans diagrammed on paper. >> a giant cork. >> reporter: even cbs news is getting submissions from our viewers. actor kevin costner got b.p.'s attention with an oil-and-water separator he's been investing in for 15 years. >> it takes about 99% of the oil. >> reporter: yet many of the thousands of people pitching ideas say b.p. is not listening. this man drove 1,300 miles from his wisconsin home to houston because he couldn't get through on b.p.'s hotline. >> i know i can contribute to stopping this leak. that's what i know. >> reporter: how many ideas have you gotten so far? >> you know, we've had collectively over almost 10,000 ideas. >> reporter: b.p.'s mike usler says the can t company is
listening to ideas from the public and their competitors. >> we have people from shell, chevron, exxon, all here working together. >> reporter: b.p. says teams of scientists are separating the promising from the impossible and they claim some 250 ideas are being tested now. from g.p.s. equipment to better keep track of where oil is washing up to massive ships that can skim it from the water. that machine touted by kevin costner clogged the first time it was tested with oil from this spill. scientists are retweaking it and trying to retest it as well. and remember those booms made of hair? well, they do soak up the oil, but b.p. says they also sink. katie? >> couric: kelly cobiella. kelly, thanks very much. now, a couple of democratic senators have a suggestion of a different kind. they say b.p. should stop paying dividends to shareholders until the cleanup costs can be calculated. and ben tracy tells us the company is now facing a consumer backlash. >> they are destroying the gulf
of mexico. >> reporter: on youtube, anger at b.p. is just a mouse click away. >> oh, hell, yeah, makes me feel real mad. >> reporter: in fact, stanley morton is mad enough to take his yard clippings to a nearby b.p. and create his own spill. >> oh, oh! oh, lordy, look what i did! look what happened to my yard trash. >> reporter: it was a b.p. sign that got trashed by vandals at this gas station in new york city. >> very disappointed in b.p. i feel like i would never, ever want to support them. >> reporter: the facebook page calling far boycott of b.p. has fehrly 300,000 followers. >> let's organize this boycott. >> boycott b.p. >> every time you see b.p., you just drive right on by. >> reporter: but here's the problem: there are 11,700 stations selling b.p. gas in the u.s., but b.p. actually owns a small fraction of them. most are owned by small business owners who then sell b.p. gas. owners like mark sapozhnikov
whose station was also vandalized. he does not want to be blamed for b.p.'s problems. >> reporter: after the exxon "valdez" spill in 1989, a one-day boycott did nothing to dent that company's bottom line, so this time around greenpeace says instead of a boycott people should press congress to regulate offshore drilling. >> the most important thing that's going to hurt b.p. over the long haul is more regulation. more oversight. more investigation of their misdeeds. >> reporter: b.p. is about to launch a multimillion dollar television p.r. campaign. but the company has not been getting much help from its c.e.o. who at times seems tone deaf to the los of life and livelihood in the gulf. >> there's no one who want this is thing over more than i do. i'd like my life back. >> reporter: today in several major newspapers, the company ran a full-page ad saying "we
but it's the price already being paid in the gulf that has so many so upset. >> seal that leak! now! >> reporter: ben tracy, cbs news, los angeles. >> couric: now to the international dispute over israel's deadly raid on ships carrying humanitarian aid to gaza. nine pro-khreupbian activists on board were killed on monday. nearly 700 others were detained and today israel deported them. but now a new confrontation could be just days away. another aid ship docked in greece is expected to head toward gaza to challenge the blockade. richard roth has the latest. >> abandoning plans to prosecute its prisoners, israel set them free and sent them home. but this was no gesture of compassion. keeping them, warned an official, would have simply done israel more damage. even if the stories they're now telling do israel no good. some claim the navy fired tear gas on to the ship, and a half
and a half provokeing the chaos. another ship commandos said they found weapons it was pure fiction according to a swedish novelist who was one of the passengers. >> what he showed us was this. you think now i am crazy? or if i'm lying? but i'm not. he showed me... actually, it was my razor. >> reporter: now a p.r. battle, israel released more video to make its point: that every effort to turn back the tushish ship was resisted. that it wasn't a love boat, as prime minister netanyahu put it, it was a hate boat. >> these weren't pacifists, they weren't peace activists. these were violent supporters of terrorism. >> reporter: and israel says security camera video shows how they prepared with gas masks and slingshots before the navy arrived. israel claims the turkish charity that funded them has terrorist backers whose real aim in opening gaza is to arm it. >> once again, israel is told
that it has a right to defend itself but is condemned every time it exercises that right. >> reporter: israel's not lifting its gaza blockade and there's another challenge on the horizon. the rachel corrie, named for an american killed in the palestinian enclave seven years ago. israel is promising she won't sail in. richard roth, cbs news, london. >> couric: meanwhile, in afghanistan the taliban tried but failed to sabotage a peace conference in kabul today. they launched their suicide attack just as president hamid karzai began his opening remarks. mandy clark was there. >> this was supposed to be the first step towards peace and reconciliation in afghanistan. 1600 village elders, religious leaders, and government officials gathered for what is known here as a jirga. but you can't make peace if you don't sit down with your enemies. and the taliban didn't attend.
instead, they waited for the afghan president to take the stage and fired a rocket. which landed very close to the jirga tent. president karzai urged calm. but the attacks kept coming. insurgents hiding in a nearby mosque exchanged fire with police forces who managed to kill two of the suicide bombers before they reached their target. the afghan president was whisked out of the tent but government officials vowed that the violence would not stop the talks. the delegates are leafing for today. the attacks didn't manage to shut down this meeting, but it did highlight its key weakness, that the taliban are sending rockets not representatives to these talks. mandy clark, cbs news, kabul. >> couric: a section of england known as a hiker's paradise was the scene today of a deadly shooting rampage. 12 people were killed and 25 wounded across cumbria in the
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>> couric: no weapon against terrorists has been as effective as america's unmanned drones. one model, the reaper, has a 66-foot wingspan and a range of over 3,600 miles. it can carry four missile and two laser-guided bombs on missions as high as 50,000 feet. but today our national security correspondent david martin reports drones drew fire from the u.n. >> reporter: u.s. officials claimed c.i.a. drone strikes in pakistan have eliminated more than 500 terrorists over the past two years while killing only 30 civilians. impressive numbers. but there's no way to verify them because no one will officially admit the strikes are taking place. >> you've got complete silence from the c.i.a., by definition because that's how the c.i.a. operates, i understand that. but that's why they should not be operating major projects which kill people directly. >> reporter: philip alston is the author of a new u.n. report which argues that drone strikes amount to a license to kill without being accountable, a license the u.s. would not want
any other country to have. >> the rules we're setting for ourselves now are the rules we're also setting for others later. >> reporter: think about it: an operation the u.s. doesn't even admit exists has killed more than 500 people. >> it allows us to carry out acts of war without having to go through the debates we would have in the past. >> reporter: peter singer of the brookings institute has counted 137 drone attacks in the pakistani tribal areas. u.s. officials say those attacks have killed 16 high-ranking terrorists, most recently al qaeda's number three, along with hundreds of foot soldiers and trainers. >> i think they've been very effective in killing a large number of very bad guys. >> reporter: and the strikes are increasing in intensity as a new generation drone called the reaper, which can carry twice as many weapons, comes on line with even more sophisticated cameras. >> if it sees footprints in a field, it can backtrack those footprints and tell you where they came from. >> reporter: the strikes are secret because neither the u.s. nor pakistan wants to admit the c.i.a. routinely violates
pakistani sovereignty. but everybody knows who to blame. >> they've also been very effective in creating a large amount of anger at the u.s. that may well bite us in the long term. >> reporter: faisal shahzad, the times square bomber, told investigators the drone strikes were the reason he set out to kill hundreds of innocent americans. to which u.s. officials say the purpose of the strikes is to kill the shahzad's of this world before they ever leave pakistan. david martin, cbs news, the pentagon. >> couric: from cbsmoneywatch.com, new rules for air travel. the government wants to raise the maximum penalty for bumping you from a flight to $1,300 and give you 24 hours to cancel a reservation without a fee. meanwhile, america's national debt just reached a new altitude, $13 trillion. that's $42,000 for every man, woman, and child in the country. and on wall street today, stocks rallied. can i eat heart
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>> couric: finally tonight, americans love golf. more than 27 million play nearly half a billion rounds every year. now, thanks to the man you're about to meet, some are playing on a course that features a very unusual hazard. here's michelle miller. >> reporter: when he's driving, adrian levsky is focused on distance. but off the links he's working on a drive that will land much further away. >> white balls, yellow balls, orange balls. >> reporter: you take all balls? >> i take all balls. >> reporter: his obsession started last christmas when his coworker mike martin was transferred overseas and expressed frustration on the new job. immediately levsky thought golf was the answer and started begging friends to donate golf balls. no one ever said "that's a crazy idea"? >> the more times they said it was a crazy idea, that motivated
me that much more. >> reporter: crazy because in a sport associated with manicured lawns and green fairways, who would have ever thought these balls would go to one of the biggest sand traps in the world. an army base. >> this is lieutenant colonel mike martin in southern helmand province, afghanistan. >> reporter: yes, his friend mike martin is now in a war zone where golf has become the new past time. >> pressure's on, brother. >> reporter: troops have even launched a tournament called the helmand river open. >> i hooked it a little bit. >> reporter: in truth, it's operation down time. >> helps out significantly with the morale out here, gives us something to do in the little down time we have to take our mind off of the more serious business at hand. >> reporter: with almost every swing, a ball is sacrificed. it's too risky to retrieve them from the hazard of a mine field. >> give me a call in the office. >> reporter: so levsky is constantly working the phones, busy ply supplying reinforcements. and when his garage got too
small... >> it must be a good market for second hand range balls. >> reporter: levsky called kahl way, the golf equipment company which coincidentally was already in the game. having donated golf gear over the last five years. now they know exactly who's using it. >> they help us direct the balls to a right place where there was a need. >> reporter: so far, more than 100,000 balls have been sent and lost. but at this course, no one's counting strokes. michelle miller, cbs news, chicopee, massachusetts. >> couric: great idea, nice stroke, michelle. that's the "cbs evening news." i'm katie couric. thank you for watching. see you tomorrow. good night. good evening. tonight in your only local news at 7:00, lightning fast. a quick-moving thunderstorm
sparks a fire at a local high school. dunn deal after three years of negotiations. the districts 4,000 teachers finally have a new contract. but first, put that away. a woman speaks out after a local mall asked her to stop breast feeding. i'm peggy fox in frederick, maryland at the francis scott key mall is where -- where a new mother is holding a nurse- in when workers told her to move as she was nursing her baby in public. >> i was so upset, i was shaking. >> reporter: she was nursing on this bench near the play area at the francis scott key mall when a customer service rep and a security guard told her to move to a private area or cover up. >> she said well i'm uncomfortable because i could see part of your breast and i said if you're uncomfortable you can cover your head but i'm not covering my child. >> reporter: maryland law gives women the right to nurse on